Im About 185 (After 2 Kids.) i am thinking about a tummy tuck also some lipo. i was wondering how much should i lose before going in. i just want to set a goal.
How Much Weight Should I Lose Before Getting a Tuck?
Doctor Answers (11)
Ask your surgeon how much they need for you to lose, if any. Losing weight does not mean it will be from your abdomen.
Weight loss before tummy tuck
Losing all of your weight is really not necessary with a tummy tuck because I remove all the skin with the fat in the lower abdomen and try and contour the upper fat with a tummy tuck. As a general rule, I would say if you get to about 10-15 pounds of the weight you would like to be at is a good guide for any plastic surgery.
Weight loss goal before tummy tuck
The closer you are to your ideal BMI (body mass index) the better your result will probably be. For some people with a large panniculus (that large amount of excess skin and fat that "hangs down" off the abdomen) this may difficult because of trouble with exercising, etc.; however it is worth the effort in terms of the safety of the surgery, the result, etc. The exact amount is not particularly important; but I would try and get within 20 pounds of your ideal BMI. I would work closely with your surgeon on this; and you certainly don't want to be in "starvation mode" before the surgery; you should be stable with your weight for several months. Remember you will be expending a lot of calories healing those surgical wounds, and during the post-op course.
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The more weight you can lose on your own the better
You mentioned that you weigh 185 pounds but you did not mention your height. There would be a significant difference if you were 5'2" as opposed to 6'2". However, assuming you are about 5' 6" to 5' 8", then I would recommend that you try to get down to 135-150 pounds before doing your tummy tuck. That said, I have performed tummy tucks on women up to 200 pounds. It all depends on your preference. Some patients cannot lose the weight on their own, and we go ahead and do the tummy tuck anyway. If you can lose weight on your own, that is better.
You should be at your best weight and be stable at that weight for at least 6 months and also have a healthy life style (meaning eating and exercising properly). If you are within 10 to 15lbs of your ideal weight and are healthy with stable weight then you should be ok for a tuck. Before choosing your plastic surgeon make sure you review the before/after photos to make sure you like what you see.
Weight Loss Before Tummy Tuck
I feel that patients get their best results when their tummy tucks are performed at or near their ideal body weight. You failed to mention your height. There is a good deal of difference in 185 pounds at 5'2" versus 5'10". If you are significantly overweight, you should pick an attainable weight goal before your surgery.
Weight loss before a tummy tuck
You should be at a stable weight for several months before having a tummy tuck. The actual number you are is not as important as your overall health and your particular anatomy-meaning excess skin, stretch marks, etc.
Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to outline a surgical plan as you are meeting your weight loss goals.
Weight loss prior to tummy tuck
In your description you mentioned your weight but not your height. Obviously if you are 5'2'' and weigh 185 it's different than if you are 5'8 and the same weight. But regardless, you should lose the excess weight as much as possibel. This will give you a better result and will result in a safer operation. If you have the surgeyr and then lose alot of weight postoperatively you will once again have extra skin in the abdomen and trherefor, compromise the result.
Optimize your body weight to get the *best* tummy tuck result!
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